Breakin’ the Norm

Host Les Norman brings listeners the best in sports stories ranging from the biggest names in sports to the hometown ‘heroes’ you’ve never heard of.  He  also interviews some of the most fascinating people in the entertainment world, uncovering  rare, behind the scenes conversations. Breakin’ the Norm takes an introspective look into sports and life.

ElvisMonroe Frontman, Rt 91 Music Festival Shooting Survivor Bryan Hopkins

Enron was once the most innovative and sought after company in the world. With annual profits in the billions, it The Rt. 91 Music Festival in Las Vegas was supposed to be a time of country music and fun. As Jason Aldean took the stage, ElvisMonroe frontman Bryan Hopkins stepped into fan mode and watched from the front of the stage. A few moments later and from a hotel window high above the crowd, a lone gunman rained downed terror on the unsuspecting crowd, eventually killing 58 and wounding more than 800 people. Through the chaos, Hopkins heroically helped many to safety, and eventually, found love and a hit single. Hear the amazing, detailed story of what went on that day in just a matter of minutes, and the loving relationship that inspired so many!

www.elvismonroe.com

Fox News Sr. Meteorologist, Author, MS fighter JANICE DEAN

On TV, she’s Fox News’ always-upbeat and joyful ‘Senior Meteorologist & Author Janice Dean’.  Behind the scenes, she balances being a wife, mother, friend and sufferer of multiple sclerosis, which doesn’t always result in a happy face.  How does she do it all and keep her positive outlook on life?  Dean tells how in a candid interview about her book, what the rough days look like and how she’s able to not just survive, but THRIVE!!

Talented & Funny Writer/Producer/Director of “Pitch Perfect”, “30Rock” KAY CANNON

Growing up in a big means you sometimes have to find your passion and place early.  Kay Cannon was gifted with intelligence and athleticism,  and this driven and disciplined sister of 6 siblings would gather around the TV with family and discover her passion:  entertaining others.  After graduating from Lewis University with a BA degree in Theater & a MA in Education, she’d go on to write for the NBC hit “30 Rock”, “New Girl”, and wrote the smash musical hit movie series “Pitch Perfect”.  3 Writer’s Guild Awards and 1 Peabody Award, along with an Emmy nomination, have led Cannon to her upcoming Directing Project with Sony Pictures, a female look at the story of Cinderella!!

Royce Gracie: 3 Time UFC Champion

3-time Champion, UFC Co-Founder & HOFer ROYCE GRACIE talks Gracie Jiu Jitsu, what it’s like to fight 3/4 opponents in 1 night, what REAL discipline means in life, and much more!!
www.roycegracie.com

Bluefin Tuna Fisherman, ‘The Falcon’ Capt & “Wicked Tuna” star Dave Marciano

Longtime Bluefin Tuna Fisherman, Capt. Dave Marciano, counts his blessings everyday. The hard working family man was asked if he’d consider being followed by a camera for the new show “Wicked Tuna”, inspired by the location for the movie “The Perfect Storm”. 9 season later, the Nat Geo reality show remains a hit, and ‘The Falcon’ Capt remains one of the show’s most popular stars!

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/tv/wicked-tuna/

African Prince, Actor, former Navy SEAL, model Remi Adeleke

In this true ‘riches to rags’ story, this former African Prince lost his father at a young age, and the government took away everything the family had. After a move to the Bronx, NY, he was headed down the wrong path…but through the strength of a single mom and a decision to enter the military, REMI ADELEKE found faith in God, a place of belonging and roles in blockbuster movies like “Transformers”!!ives!

 

FREE Dental Care recipient, recently exonerated Faye Jacobs

At age 19, Faye Jacobs was wrongfully accused of murder, despite overwhelming evidence that she was innocent, including an airtight alibi of her whereabouts during the time of the crime. Recently exonerated and released from prison after 20 years, she holds no anger for the justice system that let her down-and thanks to Parkville Modern Dentistry, she now has a new smile to prove it!

Former Happy Days star, “Alert Drops” Co-Founder ANSON WILLIAMS

You knew him as ‘Potsie Weber’ from the hit 70’s/80’s sitcom “Happy Days”. He went on to direct some of the best shows of his era, like BH 90210, Melrose Place, Xena, Hercules, after school specials and so much more! Now, along with his late ‘uncle’ Dr. Henry Heimlich (of the Heimlich Maneuver), he’s promoting “Alert Drops”, the lemon-flavored spray that helps avoid Drowsy Driving, the campaign he’s spearheading, saving thousands of lives!

 

Former UCM star Shortstop, Emporia State Asst Baseball Coach BRET SCHWARTZ

The task of obtaining a college baseball scholarship can be both confusing and daunting. In an ultra-competitive environment, HS athletes are doing whatever it takes to get ahead and be noticed. What do you do? Who do you contact? What are coaches looking for? Former UCM record-breaking SS BRET SCHWARTZ joins the show to shed some light on the mystery that is college recruiting, reveals what coaches are looking for, and how to get ahead of the game the old fashioned way…with hard work and strong character!

Renowned Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Jay Rapley

In this episode, my dear friend and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jay Rapley discusses sports injuries, primarily the throwing motion, how to take care of the arm, how long rehab really takes and injury prevention. How long do you ice? Can I throw with my own style? What medicines can I take? Should I stretch? LIsten in and find out more!

https://rockhillortho.com/

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Les and Kristin brought a very real, heartfelt, life changing and Christ-centered message.  People are still referencing the impact of their ministry here at our church.  I know that God is using them to confront issues in our culture today and bring true transformation.

Brian Ross
Head Pastor, Faith Chapel-Spring Valley, CA

We are celebrating our 33rd year in business here at Heartland Tan….Our 2016 EXPO featured Les Norman, former Kansas City Royal…. Les brought a humorous, thoughtful, and timely message for our customers… a fresh personal perspective from Les was well received-we had numerous compliments!  I really appreciated his related stories in context…..We plan to work again with Les in the future!

Brad Nelson
Co-Owner, Heartland Tanning

I really appreciate this follow up very much. It is difficult to explain how timely and how powerful the marriage conference was.  Your transparency and authority in the Word of God was JUST what I needed.  I appreciate this encouragement and I will definitely keep in touch!

Brandon H.
Conference Attendee

Our men’s TGIW Bible study group was deeply impacted by the raw and real words of Les & Kristin Norman as they shared on “Living Beyond The Masks.” It was especially meaningful to hear both of them communicate the pain, as well as the forgiveness, which they experienced…

Rod Handley
President & Founder, Character That Counts

Thank you for blessing the men of Mission Hills with your message this evening.  I believe hearts were changed and wives and children will reap the blessings of husbands and fathers who came home different men tonight because of the gospel they received tonight…

Gary G.
Men’s BBQ Attendee

“I’ve known Les almost 20 years since our playing days in Cleveland. Les is a man of many gifts… baseball player, teacher, speaker, communicator, motivator, friend, husband, and dad.
A man of character God has used to impact so many.”

Kevin Seitzer
11 yr. MLB Veteran, Atlanta Braves Hitting Coach

Each time I have shared a speaking engagement with Les whether in person or on the radio I have come away with such a great feeling. Les is very professional, adapts to his audience, shares a great passion for his listeners and challenges them to action. Les understands the importance of his faith, family and the influence he has as a former major league player. He has set the priorities for his life and is doing a great job communicating his message to all of us.

Bill Severns
Author "Keepers of the Sandlot"

Today was such a wonderful event – the energy in the room was palpable.  I have received numerous emails this morning and afternoon complimenting CASA on the breakfast – and everyone mentions how touched they were by your story and your support for our organization.  I can’t thank you enough for your heartfelt speech and wonderful endorsement – it made a huge difference today!  Thank you so much for all your help and inspiration – I am so glad that CASA brought you into our circle! It has been a true gift.

Martha Gershun
Executive Director, Jackson County CASA

Les is one of the most effective communicators that I know.  He has the ability to take a difficult or complex subject and break it down into practical information that you can not only understand, but, put into practice right away. Les speaks with conviction, compassion and knowledge.  He balances his subtle humor with a unique sincerity and as a result, his entire audience will come away from their time with Les extremely motivated and personally challenged.

Mike Lusardi
former KC Chiefs & KC Royals Chaplain